Art for Land – for the City of Dawn is a collaborative action of Aurovilians and friends of Auroville to raise funds for purchasing the still-missing lands of Auroville’s designated Master Plan area. It is organized by Auroville’s Unity Pavilion and the Auroville Arts Service in association with the Acres for Auroville land campaign.
Over 90 Artists from Auroville, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the worldwide centers of Auroville International, and from all over India, have generously donated their works in several media – paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, glassware, jewelry and photographs. Several of the contributing artists are widely recognized in India and abroad.
In an action of flowing generosity, Auroville’s friends can then make a donation to Art for Land and receive an artwork from this special collection of beautiful creations. Works are distributed by making a reservation at the Unity Pavilion or via this website’s reservation system. (For details please see the “How it Works” section of this website.)
All contributions are offerings towards a greater purpose and a shared cause – purchase of the missing plots of the City of Dawn’s designated land base!
Land is the material necessity for assuring the security and continued harmonious development of the Auroville vision (see below). All Art for Land proceeds go to the Acres for Auroville land campaign to be used exclusively by Auroville’s Land Board for the purchase of missing land within Auroville’s Master Plan area.
The need to secure Auroville's Master Plan Land
Currently about 8% percent of all lands in the City Area still remain to be acquired, essential for creating a consolidated urban, cultural and economic center. Almost 68% of the Greenbelt area is missing - the green lungs providing water, food and guaranteeing life for the township and ecological protection for its bioregion. Rapid urbanisation spreading from nearby Pondicherry and the buying-up of agricultural lands for commercial development now seriously challenge Auroville’s physical integrity and harmonious development. For more information on the land and the need, please visit the dedicated site https://land.auroville.org
The Auroville International Township
“Greetings from Auroville to all men of goodwill. Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life.
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
Humanity is not the last rung of the terrestrial creation. Evolution continues and man will be surpassed.
Auroville is an evolving international township in South India, dedicated to human unity. It is hosted by India in the name of humanity and its future generations. Auroville was founded on 28th February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, known as “the Mother”, Sri Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator. Since its inauguration, an increasing number of people from all over the world have been working together on a new way of living and being. Something is being attempted here for the benefit of all! Today, Auroville is well-established and recognized for both its inspiring vision and its practical material results. It has collaborative outreach actions with 80 villages in its bioregion, with the Indian authorities, with numerous non-governmental organisations and world bodies across the globe. It has been endorsed by several UNESCO resolutions and recognized for its importance to the future of humanity.
Holding the Vision
"Man is a transitional being, he is not final. Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature," observes Sri Aurobindo, upon whose vision Auroville is based and after whom the township is named. "There is something that he is not yet which he has to be; he is reaching always towards the something yet unrealised; his whole life and nature is a preparation, an endeavour of Nature towards what is beyond.” In this spirit of evolution and endeavor, the present almost 3000 residents from over 50 nations living in Auroville are aware that they may not live to see the project's high aims fully realized. While holding the vision in their heads, hearts and meditations, they positively and with confidence bring their energies to those aspects of the experiment upon which they can actively work, in line with the Auroville Charter.
- Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
- Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
- Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
- Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.
A Dream - The Inspiration for Auroville
There should be somewhere upon earth a place that no nation could claim as its sole property, a place where all human beings of goodwill, sincere in their aspiration, could live freely as citizens of the world, obeying one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord, harmony, where all the fighting instincts of man would be used exclusively to conquer the causes of his suffering and misery, to surmount his weakness and ignorance, to triumph over his limitations and incapacities; a place where the needs of the spirit and the care for progress would get precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the seeking for pleasures and material enjoyments.
In this place, children would be able to grow and develop integrally without losing contact with their soul. Education would be given, not with a view to passing examinations and getting certificates and posts, but for enriching the existing faculties and bringing forth new ones. In this place titles and positions would be supplanted by opportunities to serve and organize. The needs of the body will be provided for equally in the case of each and every one. In the general organisation intellectual, moral and spiritual superiority will find expression not in the enhancement of the pleasures and powers of life but in the increase of duties and responsibilities.
Artistic beauty in all forms, painting, sculpture, music, literature, will be available equally to all, the opportunity to share in the joys they bring being limited solely by each one's capacities and not by social or financial position.
For in this ideal place money would be no more the sovereign lord. Individual merit will have a greater importance than the value due to material wealth and social position. Work would not be there as the means of gaining one's livelihood, it would be the means whereby to express oneself, develop one's capacities and possibilities, while doing at the same time service to the whole group, which on its side would provide for each one's subsistence and for the field of his work.
In brief, it would be a place where the relations among human beings, usually based almost exclusively upon competition and strife, would be replaced by relations of emulation for doing better, for collaboration, relations of real brotherhood.
For more on Auroville, see www.auroville.org